Around 216,000 people in the UK are living with hepatitis C so it is important that all medical professionals have access to the latest training, information and advice on hepatitis C management. Find here links to relevant materials for clinicians, nurses, GPs, prison healthcare staff and other medical professionals.
Hepatitis C in the UK 2016 report
This report, published by Public Health England, summarises the scale of the hepatitis C issue in the UK in 2015, in order to help support focused action in UK countries via their national action plans, and in order to eliminate hepatitis C as a major public health threat by 2030. It provides a host of relevant statistics and information related to prevalence, diagnosis, testing and treatment.UK Aug 2016 Reports & Research PDF
Hepatitis C among drug users in Europe: Epidemiology, treatment and prevention
This report, produced by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, provides an overview of the epidemiology of hepatitis C in Europe. It contains chapters on issues such as providing hepatitis C treatment to people who inject drugs, strategies to improve hepatitis C care and increasing uptake of treatment among people who inject drugs, and hepatitis C prevention among people who inject drugs.UK, Rest of World Aug 2016 Reports & Research, Strategy & Planning PDF
HCV Action good practice case study: Outreach service in Newcastle
This HCV Action good practice case study looks at an outreach service that has been developed in Newcastle. Based at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, the service delivers three outreach centres in locations across the north east region. Prior to the outreach service, hospital attendance at new hepatitis C patient appointments was less than 50%. The service has resulted in attendance rates of 75%, an increase in the numbers of people being treated, and comparable Sustainable Virological Response (SVR) rates as hospital-based treatment.North East, UK, England Jul 2016 Case study PDF
Summary report: Hepatitis C good practice roadshow, Newcastle
This report provides a summary of the good practice hepatitis C roadshow held by HCV Action and Public Health England in Newcastle on 17th May 2016. The roadshow was aimed at sharing good practice around hepatitis C and instigating local action to address the virus. The report includes summaries of the talks and workshops held on the day, as well as suggested next steps to be taken in order to tackle hepatitis C more effectively in Newcastle and the wider north east area.North East, UK, England Jun 2016 Reports & Research PDF
HCV Action and PHE hepatitis C roadshow in Newcastle: Presentations
On 17th May 2016, HCV Action and Public Health England (PHE) staged a hepatitis C good practice roadshow in Newcastle. The event was designed to showcase and share best practice in the prevention, diagnosis, testing and treatment of hepatitis C, and identify specific issues and potential solutions for tackling hepatitis C in Newcastle and the wider north east region.North East, UK, England Jun 2016 Other, Strategy & Planning PDF
WHO Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with chronic hepatitis C infection
These guidelines, developed by the World Health Organisation, promote the transition to newer, more effective medicines that have the potential to cure most persons living with hepatitis C infection. They also provide guidance on which specific regimens should be used based on a patient’s clinical history as well as genotype, and are intended to promote the scale-up of hepatitis C treatment.UK, Rest of World Apr 2016 Other, Strategy & Planning PDF
New treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV): scope for preventing liver disease and HCV transmission in England
This article provides analysis of the estimated impact of new treatment for hepatitis C on both the prevention of transmission of the virus, and on preventing hepatitis C-related liver disease.
It concludes that focusing treatment solely on people with cirrhosis is not a tenable long-term strategy if continued reductions in new cases of end stage liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma, as well as reductions in transmission are to be achieved. It also finds that treatment of other groups will need to follow quickly if these reductions are to be achieved.England Apr 2016 Reports & Research PDF
Hepatitis C ODNs and Clinical Leads
Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) are the new structures through which hepatitis C treatment in England is being delivered. The Network involves regional centres which manage treatment decisions and prescribing, and which have a dispersed treatment model which aims to support partnership working and access for local patients.
This graphic details each ODN across England, along with the named ODN Clinical Lead for each.England Apr 2016 Other, Strategy & Planning PDF
Guidance: Hepatitis C prevention, diagnosis and treatment in prisons in England
This document, published by The Hepatitis C Trust after convening an expert group of prison healthcare commissioners and practitioners, provides commissioners and prison healthcare teams with practical guidance regarding the implementation of opt-out BBV testing and related hepatitis C care pathways, which can be adapted and used by any prison that needs to develop, revise or update their services.UK, England Mar 2016 Reports & Research, Tools & Templates, Strategy & Planning PDF
The blood borne virus opt-out testing policy for prisons in England: An analysis of need towards full implementation
In recognition of the exceptionally high prevalence of blood borne viruses (BBVs), in particular hepatitis C, amongst people in prisons and previously very low rates of testing, in October 2013 Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) agreed to introduce opt-out testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV across the prison estate by 2016/17.UK, England Mar 2016 Reports & Research, Strategy & Planning PDF